Identify causes of Taoyuan airport flooding and assign responsibility: Executive Yuan

  • Date: 2016-06-03
  • Source: Office of Information Services, Executive Yuan
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Regarding  the  flooding  and  power  outages  at  Taiwan  Taoyuan  International  Airport  (TTIA)  caused  by  torrential  rains,  Vice  Premier  Lin  Hsi-yao  stated  in  an  interview  today  that  currently  the  top  priority  is  to  determine  the  causes  of  this  incident  and  rectify  any  failings  in  the  shortest  possible  time.  Moreover,  the  airport  must  speedily  return  to  normal  operations  and  safeguard  the  rights  and  interests  of  departing  and  arriving  passengers.

Vice  Premier  Lin  was  assigned  to  inspect  the  airport’s  condition  by  Premier  Lin  Chuan,  who  today  had  to  deliver  an  administrative  report  and  receive  interpellation  at  the  Legislature.

The  preliminary  understanding  of  the  cause  of  the  incident  is  that  water  overflowed  from  an  old  H-shaped  drainage  pipe  within  the  airport,  the  vice  premier  pointed  out.  He  has  instructed  the  Executive  Yuan’s  Public  Construction  Commission  (PCC)  to  form  an  ad  hoc  panel  to  complete  in-depth  investigation  within  three  days.  In  addition,  the  PCC  must  provide  suggestions  for  short-term  improvements,  such  as  setting  up  catchment  areas  and  increasing  pumping  facilities.

Although  the  water  in  the  airport  has  been  cleaned  up,  only  80  percent  of  power  has  been  restored  so  far,  Vice  Premier  Lin  said.  Taoyuan  International  Airport  Corp.  Ltd.  (TIAC),  which  is  responsible  for  managing  TTIA,  has  told  contractors  and  Taiwan  Power  Co.  to  reinstate  full  power  as  soon  as  possible.  The  Executive  Yuan  has  demanded  full  electricity  supply  be  resumed  within  two  days.

TTIA  concerns  the  nation’s  image,  and  no  such  incident  should  ever  occur  again,  the  vice  premier  admonished.  Improvement  of  the  drainage  systems  and  integration  of  their  interfaces  both  within  and  without  the  airport  shall  be  reviewed  and  rectified  by  TIAC,  while  the  Taoyuan  City  Government  shall  invite  relevant  agencies  for  examination  and  deliberation,  with  the  Water  Resources  Agency  of  the  Ministry  of  Economic  Affairs  providing  full  support.

Vice  Premier  Lin  particularly  instructed  TIAC  to  properly  handle  travelers’  complaints.  If  any  passengers  have  suffered  damages,  the  company  must  track  the  Airline  Operators’  Committee’s  follow-up  processes  and  ensure  the  passengers’  rights  and  interests  are  duly  protected.

This  incident  demonstrated  that  TIAC’s  flood-prevention  preparations  are  insufficient  and  the  company  must  make  improvements,  the  vice  premier  stated.  The  Executive  Yuan  will  also  demand  that  henceforth  all  relevant  government  agencies,  organizations,  schools  and  local  governments  strengthen  flood  prevention  prior  to  the  flood  season,  which  begins  every  year  in  May.